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Taffy Grapes are the Latest Food Trend Sweeping Across Chicago

Chicagoans are rushing to get their hands on taffy grapes, candy-coated seedless green grapes with a nut topping
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Dominique Bryant of Upcake Cupcakes sells her taffy grapes at Wingz Around the World, 700 E. 47th St., and several other Chicago locations.

Fruit is flying out of many a display case at Chicago-area chicken and fish takeout joints.[related]

It's not a health thing. Wrong spots for that.

Chicagoans are rushing the restaurants to get their hands on taffy grapes — candy- or frosting-coated seedless green grapes with a nut topping that's made to taste like a taffy apple.

Folks are buying them in 25- to 30-piece containers in multiples at the shops.

"People buy three, four, five at a time," said Eric Gilbert, a cook at a Bronzeville Harold's Chicken. "We always get calls from people before they come in to make sure we have them."

Those customers need to act fast, he said.

Gilbert expected the 40 containers that had just arrived at the 124 E. 35th St. store on a recent Tuesday evening would be gone before close of business that day.

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